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Silver links to senior citizens

For those of you who dread turning 50 and nearing retirement, there is some exciting news. The new status - seniordom - that age brings with it can be quite relaxing and entertaining. Log on to check out for yourself how interesting being 50-plus could be.

WHETHER YOU are 50-plus worried about your future and approaching retirement or enjoying a quiet post-retirement life, you need some source of entertainment without any apprehensions about the future. Here are some sites to provide you information about what you can do further and how you can derive more pleasure from your life.

Third age

www.thirdage.com: It provides unique resources, interactive guides and companions for thirdagers to enrich life and manage its transitions.

At the centre of ThirdAge.com is a vibrant community where thirdagers can voice their opinions, recount experiences, and share advice in chat rooms and discussion boards. Subjects range from contemporary issues to specific stages and concerns in life.

Senior net online

http://www.seniornet.com: A leading organisation for empowering adults aged 55 and older to use computer technologies. Has member-hosted discussion groups, member projects, friendly classes among peers, social activities and parties, and information about computing.

Senior.com

www.senior.com: This site includes links to the online versions of several senior magazines, health and wellness, travel, hobbies and lifestyle information, science and technology, and more. Membership is free. The SeniorCom Town Square provides links to "the best of the Web", and there are chat areas where seniors can talk to each other online.

Eldercare web

http://www.ice.net/~kstevens/elderweb.htm: This is a collection of resources available on the Web for the aging elderly and their caregivers and advisors.

Includes: health-care; living arrangements; aging, death, and dying; social, mental and spiritual; financial; law and legislation; statistics and demographics; State-specific information; and others.

Seniors search

http://www.seniorssearch.com: This directory of Internet resources is geared towards senior citizens.

You'll almost certainly find something you are interested in, with categories such as antiques, bus tours, hobbies, "Just for Grandparents", an e-mail directory, volunteer opportunities, and even an "Oldest Internet Surfer" contest.

(The previous winner of the contest was 91 years old.)

Zelgo - seniors on the go!

http://www.zelgo.com: If you're over 55, you will love Zelgo.com as we take seniors on the `Go to the best places on the Web'.

Here, you can find sections like arts, books, chat, computing, entertainment, family, finances, health, hobbies, legal, lifestyles, local events, news, politics, real estate, research, social security, travel, veterans and workplace.

2Young2Retire - the retirement alternative

http://www.2young2retire.com: If you have been looking for a place dedicated to helping you plan and make the most of the rest of your life, this is it.

It is the online community for people who are using their mature years to turn hobbies or youthful dreams into new businesses.

The site features true stories, profiles, volunteers, learning, second career and living/ being well links.

Fifty plus

www.50plus.org: Fifty-Plus is an international organisation devoted to information about, motivation toward, and participation in exercise and fitness while aging.

e believe that the bridges between those all-important elements of involvement are crucial and the unique reason for our existence.

Senior surfers

http://www.seniorsurfers.org: This website is dedicated to those who have spent the greater part of their lives making this a better world for the rest of us.

The site has variety of news, views and resources for valued neighbours and for their caretakers.

Suddenly senior

www.suddenlysenior.com: `Suddenly Senior' provides reassurance with warmth, humour and honesty. Topics include nostalgia, sex now and then.

It's a fresh, funny look at seniordom. It says to seniors, `You're not alone feeling that way.

It's OK. Enjoy!' Great weekly jokes.

AYYAPPA NAGUBANDI

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